One of the most interesting books I read this year was The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study. They studied over 1000 people for the duration of their lives – from childhood until old age — giving them regular physical and psychological tests and tracking the results.
What they discovered confirmed some things we all believe about what it takes to live a good, long life — and more interestingly they found out where our common beliefs are wrong.
One of the things that I found most fascinating was the link between what it takes to live a long life and what it takes to have a happy life.
If there was one main takeaway from the study and the book, it was how important relationships are:
The good do not die young, as the old saying goes. In fact, they live longer.
Want to make your life better? This study shows it’s your relationships that can determine whether or not you succeed.
Another more recent study confirmed this.
Via Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business:
A long, happy life doesn’t come from a perfect diet or exercise regimen. You’ll find it in those you surround yourself with.
My compilation on what it takes to live a long life is here.
This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.
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